Florida Gators defensive tackle Dominique Easley will have his ACL surgery tomorrow with Dr. James Andrews. The injury that ended Easley’s season happened in practice on September 25. Easley has already made it clear that he intends to go ahead and be in the NFL Draft rather than apply for a medical redshirt. With the draft in May, Easley will have close to seven months to try to rehab and get to a point where he can work out for teams.
This is the second ACL tear of Easley’s career as he had one in his other knee previously. The combine will be huge for Easley as teams poke and prod and evaluate how both of his knees have recovered from these injuries and whether they look like they will be problematic going forward. More than anything else, that will have the biggest impact on his draft stock.
Before the injury occurred, Easley had become one of the most dominant defensive linemen in college football. After showing flashes throughout his career, Easley had a breakthrough in the Sugar Bowl against Louisville when he was one of the best players on the field. That carried over into this season and Easley picked up where he left off and played extremely well, looking the part of a first round pick. It is possible that Easley could still end up going on the second day of the draft, but without knowledge of the quality of the surgical work and recovery, it is difficult to project.